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Epic Games Launcher Allegedly Scrapes Local Steam Data Prior to Granting Consent, Epic Responds

Earlier today, Reddit user PhoenixPoint and ResetEra member Madjoki found out that the Epic Games Launcher may be collecting your Steam history at startup. As part of their investigation, they found that at startup, the Epic Games Launcher searches your local computer for a Steam install. If it finds that Steam is installed, it then apparently proceeds to pull a list of files typically stored in your Steam Cloud. This data includes game saves for all users that have logged in to Steam on your computer.

Madjoki also found that it pulls a list of your Steam friends and their name history....
 

Battlefield 5 'Firestorm' Battle Royale Reveal Trailer and First Details


The upcoming battle royale mode for Battlefield 5 was finally revealed today thanks to an all-new trailer. The trailer doesn't show actual gameplay, but it does offer an "in-engine" look at some of the antics you and your crew will get up to.

I suppose I should preface this by saying Firestorm is the name of this new mode. It's slated to be added to Battlefield 5, free of charge to everyone that owns the game, on March 25.

Firestorm finds 64 players battling it out to be the last one standing in a match. The map size is said to be "ten times larger...
 

Google Teases Their New Gaming Console in GDC 2019 Promo Video


It's no secret that Google has been working on a gaming console. They've had a patent filed since late 2018 showing off the potential design for the new console's controller. It's kind of the typical console controller design that most of us have already come to know and probably love.

It's currently unclear as to what Google has planned for this device. Multiple sources have said that it will be a console that focuses on streaming. However, some rumors have suggested that the hardware included will make it more powerful than an Xbox One X. And while a lot of great hardware...
 

Stela is a New 'Cinematic Platformer' from SkyBox Labs


SkyBox Labs, a development studio that is helping to co-develop Halo Infinite with 343 Industries, just announced a new title today. Their new game is called Stela and it's being billed as a "cinematic platformer." It's looking for a 2019 release on the Xbox One and PC and will make its debut at GDC 2019 as part of Microsoft's ID@Xbox Developer Showcase.

Players will have to overcome challenges and alter the terrain in order to solve puzzles and make their way past various enemies. The first trailer for the game was shown off today. More information will eventually...
 

Judgment to Ship with Two Sets of English Subtitles


Building off of yesterday's news of a June 25th release date for Judgment in the West, comes word today that the game will ship with two different English subtitles to choose from. This was revealed as part of today's new media release for Judgment on the PlayStation Blog.

The Yakuza localization team already does an absolutely tremendous job, but it looks like they're trying to up the ante with Judgment. The idea to have two separate English subtitles ties in to the fact that Judgment will have English audio in addition to the original Japanese audio. Those who played the...
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  • Apex Legends Season 1 'Wild Frontier' Update is Out Now

    Apex Legends Season 1 'Wild Frontier' Update is Out Now


    The first major season for Apex Legends is now available. Respawn is calling this season "Wild Frontier" and with it comes a bunch of "seasonal swag" for players to earn. It also comes alongside the release of the Wild Frontier Battle Pass.

    The Battle Pass comes in two flavors. The first, priced at 950 Apex Coins, grants you access to the Pass. Play to level the Pass up to get more rewards. You can also spend 2,800 Apex Coins to get the Battle Pass Bundle that includes the Pass and a shortcut that unlocks the first 25 levels instantly.

    As with...
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  • System Shock Remake - Full Medical Level Gameplay Video

    System Shock Remake - Full Medical Level Gameplay Video


    In addition to this week's sneak peak at System Shock 3 from OtherSide Entertainment, we get a long look at the System Shock remake. This remake is being handled by Nightdive Studios. Today, they released a 21-minute long gameplay video. This video shows off a full level of gameplay. Specifically, the "Medical" level is shown off here.

    The team makes sure to note that this is pre-alpha footage and not at all final yet. They say that the level still has missing enemies, weapons, effects, and sounds.

    The original System Shock is roughly 25 years old now....
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  • Third I.G.I. Game in Development

    Third I.G.I. Game in Development


    A third entry in the I.G.I. franchise is currently in development. I.G.I. stands for "I'm Going In" and the first game, Project I.G.I., was released back in 2000 from Innerloop Studios and published by Eidos Interactive. It had a sequel, I.G.I.-2: Covert Strike, that came out back in 2003.

    I suppose 16 years after the last game is as good a time as any for a sequel. The series has a focus on tactical stealth action. It is an FPS and will actually serve as a prequel to the previous two titles. It's currently in development from Toadman Interactive, a dev studio made...
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  • My Time at Portia Releases on PS4, XB1, and Switch on April 16

    My Time at Portia Releases on PS4, XB1, and Switch on April 16


    Though already released on the PC, My Time at Portia finally has a release date for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

    That date is April 16.

    To celebrate today's announcement, a new trailer was released for the game. For those that don't know, My Time at Portia is a bit like Stardew Valley but 3D and with some different things to do. You can mine resources, farm, form relationships, carry out quests, build a variety of things, and more. ...
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  • Google Unveils 'Stadia' Gaming Platform and Controller, Launching in 2019

    Google Unveils 'Stadia' Gaming Platform and Controller, Launching in 2019


    A short time ago today, Google formerly unveiled their new gaming platform. It's called Stadia and it's slated to launch later this year. It is a streaming platform that utilizes server hardware more powerful than an Xbox One X to deliver games in up to 4K, 60fps with HDR capabilities to your screen of choice.

    During their presentation, Google showed off their Stadia controller that can be used across a number of devices. They showed Assassin's Creed: Odyssey being streamed across a laptop in a browser, phone, tablet, and even to your TV via a Chromecast Ultra. All of it was...
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  • New Sparklite Teaser Trailer

    New Sparklite Teaser Trailer


    A new trailer for the upcoming roguelite adventure title, Sparklite, shows off some new teaser for the game. The game is being shown off at GDC 2019 from developer Red Blue Games and publisher Merge Games. This title will make its way to the PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch come Fall 2019.

    Today's release includes not only a new trailer but also new screenshots and some more details about the game. ...
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  • Killing Floor 2 Pack Announced

    Killing Floor 2 Pack Announced


    Today, Tripwire Interactive announced a double pack of Killing Floor content. The studio, in a partnership with publisher Deep Silver (oof), is bringing Killing Floor: Double Feature to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR on May 21, 2019 for $39.99 (USD).

    This price will offer up Killing Floor 2 and Killing Floor: Incursion, the VR Killing Floor game. It will also include the playable Mrs. Foster DLC skin plus the Seasonal Content that was released since the game originally launched. ...
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  • System Shock 3 GDC Teaser

    System Shock 3 GDC Teaser


    As part of the Unity keynote at GDC 2019, a new teaser trailer for System Shock 3 was shown off. I suppose that also confirms that System Shock 3 is being built on Unity. I think that was already known prior to this? Perhaps not.

    The game is currently in development from OtherSide Entertainment. A release date for the horror title is not yet known. ...
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  • Call of Duty: Mobile Announced

    Call of Duty: Mobile Announced


    Call of Duty: Mobile was announced today. Take your favorite maps, modes, and characters with you in the palm of your hand from across the various Call of Duty stories. The game is being developed by Tencent's studio, Timi. It's coming for both Android and iOS and will also include multiple game modes when released.

    It will be published by Activision, obviously. It will be a free-to-play title at release. I'm assuming that the game will contain in-app purchases. I would be absolutely shocked if it didn't.

    If you already know you're on board with this, you can...
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  • Nvidia Announces Real-time Ray Tracing for Older GTX Cards

    Nvidia Announces Real-time Ray Tracing for Older GTX Cards


    Nvidia just announced today that they are bringing real-time ray tracing to their GTX lineup of cards. This support will begin with a driver update currently slated for some time in April.

    Get ready to have your framerates destroyed. Think about it this way: Nvidia's RTX cards have special hardware that is dedicated to handling the load of real-time ray tracing. Even with this special hardware, enabling real-time ray tracing still destroys framerates on these new cards.

    Now they're going to add support for it on to their older cards? It will certainly make your...
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  • Half-Life 3 Again Teased by Potentially Fake Email from Valve's Gabe Newell

    Half-Life 3 Again Teased by Potentially Fake Email from Valve's Gabe Newell


    It is *checks non-existent watch* now three months into 2019, which means it's about that time again for another Half-Life 3 rumor. This one comes directly from Valve's Gabe Newell himself!

    Well, maybe.

    Honestly, it's probably fake but I know what pulls people in to the site and this is certainly going to do it for a little bit.

    All of this begins with the latest video from "Valve News Network (VNN)," a YouTube channel that never, ever, ever (heavily implied sarcasm here) exaggerates or simply pulls things out of their ass. Get them clicks!...
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